Prudence Leith

Prudence Leith

Birth Doula + Massage Therapist + Rebozo Instructor

Phone 503.504.6952
Prudence's Bio

My children, more than anything, have given me a passion for birth and in helping empower women and couples throughout pregnancy and the journey of birth. I graduated from the University of Oregon in 1996 with a degree in Psychology, focusing on Early Childhood Development and Outdoor Recreation and Pursuits. I worked as a Facilitator on an outdoor Challenge course where my job was to guide, empower and motivate people from all walks of life. I was passionate about helping and inspiring people to find their own inner strengths.

It took the birth of my first child in 1998 to give these passions a more clear purpose. Since then I have been inspired to help other woman on their journey through pregnancy and childbirth. Through the birth of my three babies, I discovered the joy and satisfaction of making my own choices and realized just how important this can be in a woman’s life. I love being able to advocate and educate mommas and couples by supporting them through labor and by helping them process and feel satisfied with their choices.

I have witnessed births in hospitals, at birth centers and home births. My experiences include medicated and unmedicated birth, and I have supported a variety of birth needs and circumstances including VBAC, induction, cesarean, twins, sexual trauma, over 40, high risk, single parents, water birth, non English speaking spouse/family members, to name but a few.

As your Labor Doula my goal is to provide comfort measures and to support and guide you on your birth journey. I will help educate you and your birth team about your birth options, provide continuous labor support and help you process your own personal birth experience. Every birth is unique. It is my goal to provide non-judging care, compassionately and calmly. I will work with your partner and your care providers to create a more relaxing birth environment.

I am also a Certified Rebozo Instructor and I am Dad Certified. I feel passionate about using the Rebozo to help create a more comfortable environment for both mom and her partner. I use relaxation techniques, visualization and comfort measures with my Rebozos. I enjoy helping Dads/Partners feel more relaxed and prepared during labor. My goal is to give the Birth Partner tools to feel more able to assist in comfort and to feel more mentally present with the birthing mother.

In my free time I enjoy cooking and sharing food with my friends, spending time in nature, sitting on my front porch staring at the night sky, treasure hunting at garage sales, creative writing, creative decorating, and spending quality time with my three children and husband.

Fees

I charge $1500-$1800 with a sliding scale down to $1200 upon need/request. This allows me to be able to serve more doula clients and sustain my own family as well.

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Michelle Carman Cushing

Michelle Carman Cushing

Birth Doula + Childbirth Educator

Phone 503.828.2959
Michelle's Bio

Principles & Vision

I believe in a woman’s strength and intuition in childbirth, and her right to make informed decisions surrounding her pregnancy and childbirth. I believe it is especially important for expecting parents to surround themselves with people who believe in their strength, who help them make informed decisions, and who trust them to do so. As a doula, I work hard to be one of those people – encouraging my clients to ask questions and seek information, while trusting their bodies and the birth process. I truly enjoy working with women and their families through pregnancy and in labor, and do so with compassion and without judgment.Pregnancy and childbirth are beautiful and complicated times in a woman’s life, and miraculously normal. My hope as a doula is that I can help you and your family feel empowered, informed and nurtured through the daily miracle of childbirth.

Training & Experience

Childbirth has long been a fascination of mine. After earning my Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture, I felt compelled to pursue my growing passion for childbirth and in 2012, I earned my Labor Doula certification through Birthingway College of Midwifery. I have experience supporting women and their partners in a variety of birth scenarios, including medicated and un-medicated vaginal births, and unplanned and planned cesarean births. I am also certified by Waterbirth International, and am an ICEA certified childbirth educator.

Life

When I am not working with new or expecting families, I keep busy caring for my two amazing children, and I love to spend time outside with my family. On occasion, I squeeze in some personal time with running, gardening (dreaming of my own family farm) and playing piano.

Fees

I charge $1500-$1800 with a sliding scale down to $1200 upon need/request. This allows me to be able to serve more doula clients and sustain my own family as well.

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Scarlett Lynsky

Scarlett Lynsky

Birth Doula + Childbirth Educator

Phone 503.234-6685
Scarlett's Bio

My Philosophy
While I enjoy supporting unmedicated births, my passion really lies in supporting the mother and her partner in discovering what is important to them and helping them through whatever challenges they face. There is no one way to give birth. A successful, joyful birth is in the eye of the beholder. Whatever a good birth means to you, I will work to help you achieve that. If “plans” need to change, I will help you navigate and process the change in “plan”.

My Style & Ideal Client
My style in prenatal meetings is to be frank, informative and slightly irreverent. I can laugh about the more uncomfortable aspects of giving birth and I really seem to connect with families that use humor to cope with difficult situations. My favorite clients are the ones who ask a LOT of questions because it helps me understand what they know, what they do not know, what their worries are and what they feel confident about. I really get to know clients this way and can tailor my services to their specific personality.

Having been a gestational surrogate, I also really enjoy supporting surrogates and Intended Parents (IPs).

Special Training
In my doula work, I frequently use a piece of fabric called a Rebozo for comfort in labor. I’ve also received training in Spinning Babies (spinningbabies.com) techniques for optimal positioning and Acupressure points for pregnancy and labor.

My Background
I am a native Portlander, who was born at home in the late 70s. I’ve been fascinated with birth since I was a teenager. When I had my first child–a daughter–in 2002, my fascination only intensified. Between my first and second child, I decided to become a childbirth educator. That second child, a son, was born in late 2006 and by 2008 I was certified to teach childbirth classes. Not much later I began attending births for friends and it was clear that this was something I had to keep doing. So I did! I have been certified through DONA since early 2011 and have attended over 70 births to date. Our family is now complete, but in 2013/2014 I was pregnant and gave birth as a surrogate gestational carrier for a same-sex couple.

Fees

I charge $1500-$1800 with a sliding scale down to $1200 upon need/request. This allows me to be able to serve more doula clients and sustain my own family as well.

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Jenny Gullen

Jenny Gullen

Birth Doula + Birth Photography + Placenta Encapsulation + Childbirth Educator

Phone 248.766.1908
Jenny's Bio

Birth Philosophy
As a birth doula, my purpose is to help create a positive environment in which you feel supported, confident, and loved. During your pregnancy I will give you the educational tools and support you need to feel confident in your birthing choices and the birthing environment you want for you, your child, and loved ones. When the birth arrives I will be your advocate to help carry your vision through and, if necessary, adapt to changing circumstances. As an experienced birth professional, I will also serve as a source of comfort and guidance through the birthing process.  I enjoy helping women feel connected to their partner, body and baby as they experience the path to motherhood for the first, second, or umpteenth time. Every birth story is special, and I would be honored to be a part of yours.

Additional Training / Services
In addition to being a certified labor doula, I am also a certified lactation educator counselor, birth and family photographer and will soon become an ICEA certified childbirth educator. I have also received training in the use of the rebozo for comfort and positioning during pregnancy and childbirth. With my lactation training I can help to prepare you for breastfeeding and offer support in early postpartum should breastfeeding pose a challenge. I believe that pregnancy/childbirth is a magical time in a woman’s life, and as a professional photographer I can also help document those special moments – everything from the beauty of pregnancy to labor and delivery, to watching your child become a sibling, to breastfeeding – in a way that you can cherish and share forever.

Personal Life
I have been married for almost ten years and together my husband and I have two beautiful children. My boys were my inspiration for getting into the world of birth. I was born and raised in Michigan and while I sometimes (not often) miss the snow, I have fallen in love with the culture and beauty that Oregon has to offer. I love spending time with my family exploring Portland, going on a hike, picking up a new crochet project, sipping on a cup of joe, and tending to my very small (but hopefully some day big) garden. You can also find me watching the Food Network or an old episode of Gilmore Girls.

Fees

Birth Photography
Starting at $1295.

Birth Doula
I charge $1500-$1800 with a sliding scale down to $1200 upon need/request. This allows me to be able to serve more doula clients and sustain my own family as well.

Placenta Encapsulation
$250 for Portland Doula Collective clients. $275 otherwise.

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Keely Helmick

Keely Helmick

Birth Doula + Counselor

Phone 503.332.7003
Keely's Bio

Labor is an emotionally primal, wondrous and potentially transformative experience . My purpose is to allow mothers to experience birth as empowered, capable humans, intuitively bringing forth life. My role is to advocate with women to have the birth they desire through education, information and support.

My experience

I have always been fascinated with the birth process and been drawn to working with women through life transitions. As a young adult I advocated for women who experienced domestic violence and sexual assault. During the early years with my first child I began working in mental health and addiction field. Around the same time I began exploring birth assistance and birth education. After my second child I was able to pursue my goal of private practice, bringing together doula work and counseling to include prenatal, labor and postpartum support.

Labor support

There are two specific parts to my role in the labor room; the tasks and the presence. The task can be anything from comforting touch, massage, labor position suggestions, encouragement, affirmations, food, drink, partner assistance and others based on individual preference. The presence is that specific gift that makes each doula and doula-client relationship different. The tasks (and tools) are given to doulas during training, but the presence is developed. My personal exploration, therapy experiences and past and current relationships shape my presence and being. I strive to “be a reassuring presence…who reminds you of your choices…., sees you and eases your pain with a touch, a word, a look.”

Fees

I charge $1500-$1800 with a sliding scale down to $1200 upon need/request. This allows me to be able to serve more doula clients and sustain my own family as well. I’m currently not taking primary clients, but providing back-up as needed.

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